Valentine's at Wivenhoe House

enjoy a sumptuous four course dinner with your loved one this year, in the luxurious surrounding of Wivenhoe House

Indulge your romantic side this year, with a delicious four course dinner for you and your loved one, in the brasserie on Valentine’s

Thursday 14 February

Our Romantic History

In 1816 the then owner of Wivenhoe House, General Francis Rebow, paid John Constable 100 guineas to paint his family home and substantial grounds. It was a labour of love for Constable. The money helped secure his financial future and win the hand of his fiancée Maria Bicknell, whose father was not keen on the marriage. The painting now hangs in pride of place at the National Gallery of Art, Washington and with the recent £9.1 million sale of Constable’s The Lock as a guideline, it was 100 guineas well spent.

Follow in the footsteps of Constable and treat someone special this Valentine’s and enjoy a specially prepared four course menu in the brasserie.



Scallop & bacon lollipops


Lobster & crayfish thermidor tartlet, cucumber mayonnaise

Torched goats cheese, roast fig & acacia drizzle


Steamed fillet of sea bass, asparagus, oysters & lemon beurre blanc

10 hour braised beef blade, wild mushrooms, creamed tarragon mash

Green vegetable risotto, blushed tomato pesto, poached duck egg, truffle oil


Saffron poached pear, cinnamon ice cream

Raspberry chocolate fondant


Menu available on Thursday 14 February 2018.

How to book:

  • Call us on 01206 863666
  • Email us on
  • Please note: We require full pre-payment which is non-refundable.

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find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.